Robber fly - Nature photographer Thomas Shahan specializes in amazing portraits of tiny insects. It isn't easy. Shahan says that this Robber Fly (Holcocephala fusca), for instance, is "skittish" and doesn't like its picture taken.

Nature by Numbers (Video)

"The Greater Akashic System" – July 15, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) (Subjects: Lightworkers, Intent, To meet God, Past lives, Universe/Galaxy, Earth, Pleiadians, Souls Reincarnate, Invention: Measure Quantum state in 3D, Recalibrates, Multi-Dimensional/Divine, Akashic System to change to new system, Before religion changed the system, DNA, Old system react to Karma, New system react to intent now for next life, Animals (around humans) reincarnate again, This Animal want to come back to the same human, Akashic Inheritance, Reincarnate as Family, Other Planets, Global Unity … etc.)

Question: Dear Kryon: I live in Spain. I am sorry if I will ask you a question you might have already answered, but the translations of your books are very slow and I might not have gathered all information you have already given. I am quite concerned about abandoned animals. It seems that many people buy animals for their children and as soon as they grow, they set them out somewhere. Recently I had the occasion to see a small kitten in the middle of the street. I did not immediately react, since I could have stopped and taken it, without getting out of the car. So, I went on and at the first occasion I could turn, I went back to see if I could take the kitten, but it was to late, somebody had already killed it. This happened some month ago, but I still feel very sorry for that kitten. I just would like to know, what kind of entity are these animals and how does this fit in our world. Are these entities which choose this kind of life, like we do choose our kind of Human life? I see so many abandoned animals and every time I see one, my heart aches... I would like to know more about them.

Answer: Dear one, indeed the answer has been given, but let us give it again so you all understand. Animals are here on earth for three (3) reasons.

(1) The balance of biological life. . . the circle of energy that is needed for you to exist in what you call "nature."

(2) To be harvested. Yes, it's true. Many exist for your sustenance, and this is appropriate. It is a harmony between Human and animal, and always has. Remember the buffalo that willingly came into the indigenous tribes to be sacrificed when called? These are stories that you should examine again. The inappropriateness of today's culture is how these precious creatures are treated. Did you know that if there was an honoring ceremony at their death, they would nourish you better? Did you know that there is ceremony that could benefit all of humanity in this way. Perhaps it's time you saw it.

(3) To be loved and to love. For many cultures, animals serve as surrogate children, loved and taken care of. It gives Humans a chance to show compassion when they need it, and to have unconditional love when they need it. This is extremely important to many, and provides balance and centering for many.

Do animals know all this? At a basic level, they do. Not in the way you "know," but in a cellular awareness they understand that they are here in service to planet earth. If you honor them in all three instances, then balance will be the result. Your feelings about their treatment is important. Temper your reactions with the spiritual logic of their appropriateness and their service to humanity. Honor them in all three cases.

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle
American zoologist played by Sigourney Weaver in the film Gorillas in the Mist would have been 82 on Thursday (16 January 2014)

Monday, February 18, 2008

Greens ask local business to cut CO2

Adianto P Simamora, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Green activists hope the local business community, which contributes to pollution, becomes involved in fighting climate change.

The ultimate objective is to keep global warming below the dangerous threshold of two degrees Celsius.

Director of WWF-Indonesia's climate change program, Fitrian Ardiansyah said the business community could play an important role in reducing release of pollutants.

"It is also a call for local (Indonesian) businesses to become involved in cutting their own emissions," he told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.

Fitrian commented on the signing Friday of the Tokyo Declaration on world climate by a dozen of companies in Japan.

The signatories are Allianz, Catalyst, Collins, Hewlett-Packard, Nike, Nokia, Novo Nordisk, Sagawa, Sony, Spitsbergen Travel, Tetra-Pak and Xanterra.

Each year the companies are to reduce by at least 10 million tons their emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main contributor to the greenhouse gas buildup.

"Local companies have a great opportunity to cut greenhouse gas emissions, including through energy saving, product design and the use of energy alternatives", said Fitrian, suggesting that such moves would improve business efficiency at the same time.

The Climate Savers program was introduced by WWF International to urge businesspeople to take action on climate change.

Under the program, companies commit to emissions reductions targets and agree to independent emissions verifications.

"Tokyo Declaration suggests the scope of the contribution business can make to successful action on climate change," James Leape, Director General of WWF International said in a statement.

"These companies are to be applauded, not just for the example they have set in reducing their own emissions, but also for their willingness to urge action on the part of governments, the broader business community and their customers and consumers", the statement said.

Fitrian said his office would launch the program in Indonesia this year.

"We will persuade local companies including Garuda Indonesia to help reduce their climate pollution."

Head of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Yvo de Boer said the climate problem needed economic solutions.

"The climate change needs an economic solution and the negotiations are an opportunity to find solutions that are economically viable worldwide," de Boer said in Tokyo as quoted by AFP.

Officials from 21 countries -- including the U.S., China and India, whose greenhouse gas emissions account for 70 percent of global emissions -- attended the two-day closed-door talks to help find common ground.

The talks come ahead of negotiations in Bangkok from March 31 to April 4 on reaching a deal on mutually binding climate protection obligations to follow the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.

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